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Albert Ernest TURLEY

Regimental number2792
Place of birthPaddington New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationUpholsterer
AddressWatson Street, Bondi, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs Annie Turley, Watson Street, Bondi, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date23 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 9 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Sergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 28 March 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the operations of 26th, 27th and 28th August 1918 which resulted in the capture of FOUCAUCOURT and the advancing of our line beyond ESTREES. This N.C.O. was attached to the right platoon of the left attacking Company which was heavily engaged by machine guns and was unable to move in any direction for some little time. It was most necessary to inform the Company on the right of this fact, but the three runners who were sent with the message were all killed. After the third runner had been killed this N.C.O. volunteered to make the attempt and succeeded in delivering the message to the Right Company Commander who was then able to make the necessary dispositions to deal with the opposition. The great gallantry and high sense of duty displayed by this N.C.O. was a source of inspiration to his platoon.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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